Local Editorials

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Too many distracted Minnesota has a new distracted driving law that takes effect Aug. 1, and thank goodness. Every driver on the road these days has probably noticed two dangerous things: 1) that too many drivers are looking at their phones when they should be driving; and 2) that they are ...

Ocasio-Cortez knows better, does not care

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: “This ...

Rapists should not have parental rights

Sometimes a thing just seems so undeniably wrong, we assume there is a law against it. Such is the case with the issue of a rapist seeking parental rights to a child conceived by his crime. But a case in Alabama, where a woman is fighting in court to keep the step-uncle who raped her at the age ...

Federal funds are not needed for wildlife areas

Over the past 50 years, 11 different wildlife areas in Minnesota — from the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge — have received more than $250 million in federal funding, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federal program’s ...

U.S. could help Mexico tackle its border crisis

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

Half a billion could be spent in better ways

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed ...

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Funds lag behind laws Special education is an expensive proposition for school districts in Minnesota. Schools face mandates to provide the service but are not given adequate funding by the federal and state governments to carry out these demands. We note that the state of Minnesota has ...

World may need to act, but solid proof needed

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. On Thursday, two more oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, about 25 miles from the Iranian coast. One ship ...

Did ‘gifts’ play role in cover-up of sex abuse?

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...

Further examination of FAA, Boeing is in order

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat a couple of weeks ago. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max airliner. On FAA orders, the plane has been grounded ...

Study shooter, but don’t disarm society

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicates why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians but futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his supervisor a ...

Disparities exist when it comes to treatment

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

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It’s IHD time of year Fairmont’s Interlaken Heritage Days began last evening and continues today at Heritage Acres, along with the car show downtown and the parade this evening. Events move to Gomsrud Park on Sunday afternoon. We encourage area residents to come see what the festival ...

Why wouldn’t leaders want to get legal advice?

Believe us when we write this: We would like it to end. It just won’t. Some may be tired of hearing about the Fairmont City Council and its divide over how best to provide the city with legal representation. It has been a months-long controversy. But it’s not going away. It is getting ...

Blue Earth chooses sound direction: streets

The city of Blue Earth, we believe, is on to something. The City Council this week discussed using the proceeds of a new city sales tax to accelerate the number of street reconstruction projects. The city may use $1 million for each of the next five years to improve infrastructure. Voters ...

Hard to see a bargain in city’s legal revamping

Martin County Attorney Terry Viesselman is an able professional who has been carrying out the duties of his office for many years. We trust him when he says his office can assume the role of prosecutor for the city of Fairmont without too much stress. That was the essence of his message to ...

If U.S. ignores its own laws, so will illegals

No nation — especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity — can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Time for nation to revisit controversy

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

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Truman PUC up for vote The city of Truman will hold a special election in August to determine if the Public Utilities Commission should be abolished. There have been many issues over the years including raising utility rates in 2016 to be used for repairs. The repairs have not been done and ...

FAA must do more to ensure safety

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat ta couple of weeks ago — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the ...